A. Pecoraro "The world is a dangerous place, ..., Amazon
26 January 2008
Summary: The camera takes absolutly fantastic pictures. Unfortunately it is very fragile. We had the camera fall about 1' and hit the floor. After whicht it was no longer functional (reports "Lens Error"). The Nikon repair shop wants $150 to repair it. A bit steep for a $175 camera. We now own a Stylus 790 SW from Olympus. The image quality isn't quite as good, but the camera is supposed to be able to survive a 5' drop.
Summary: I got some great shots with the Coolpix S500 about a month ago, I found useful Nikon's Best Shot Selection, which takes a series of shots and keeps just the one it determines is the sharpest. You can increase the camera's sensitivity up to ISO 2000 to cope with moving targets in low light, but even daylight shots at this level contained so much noise that they were barely worth having.
Summary: This camera looks like a little tank, and I bought it to replace a Canon Elph that really had been a tank. I had tossed that old camera in briefcases, backpacks, pockets, and it had always been fine. When looking for a new pocketable camera, I was drawn to the S500 because it reminded me of my trusty old Elph. The Nikon had similarly rugged looks. But it fails to live up to the promise.
Summary: I believe this is one of the smallest cameras on the market with optical vibration reduction (VR). I have a VR lens on my larger camera and find it invaluable and now consider it a must have feature. It also has a very fast startup/shutter response and the stainless steel exudes a quality feel. I own a Nikon D80 DSLR and was looking for a small P&S to use when taking the larger camera along wasn't practical.
Summary: I love this camera, for the price.. had it for a couple months now, and overall it's great for a compact digital camera... only negative is that I still manage to get blurred images sometimes, unless I'm completely not moving or using a tripod. Otherwise, it takes very clear, lush and detailed pictures with true to life colors, and doesn't seem to burn through batteries as easily as other cameras I've had in years past, and has a lot of nice features.
Excerpt: I've only got this camera with me for a few months and I'm loving it. This camera has 7.1mp, autofocus, face detection, anti shake, and ISO2000. There is a 2.5" LCD for you to look at. The colour reproduction of this Nikon isn't as good as a Sony. I own another Sony T30 digital camera. I love the stainless steel body which gives me a feeling of robustness. The LCD isn't viewable under the direct sunlight which is a pity.
Pros: Good color reproduction, Strong quality build
Cons: wrong placing of power button, weak LCD screen
Summary: I bought this camera 2days ago and so far I love it. I needed a new camera as ma other one stopped working while on holiday. Anyways back to the point this camera is fantastic even thou I wanted the Nikon S7c I opted for this one to save money. The pictures are taken really quickly and the rotating menu is really easy to use but if found difficult you could just press the button and it will still work out.
Excerpt: I’ve had this camera for a nearly a month now which is long enough to have got to grips with it particularly thinking back on how many snaps I’ve taken with it. Our current camera ,although it's exellent, it is too heavy for me and I find it hard to keep its still enough The Nikon COOLPIX S500 is a well built sturdy little machine (88 x 51 x 22 mm / 3.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 in) yet it weighs only around 130g (4.6 oz) with the batteries in.
Pros: exceptional clarity and colour, no camera shake, light ,simple . . . i could go on